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Engineering Physics 

Bachelor and Master studies

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April 1st. 2021

Start of the semester for Engineering Physics
with lectures starting on April 12th 2021

April 12th. 2021

Start of the international Vacuum Transport Research Seminar with TUM and ETH

September 5-10th. 2021

DPG Applied Photonics Physics School

Industrial Laser Material Processing

Cutting - Welding - Hardening - Large Scale Additive Manufacturing


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Schüning




Integrated and Fiber Optics

Guided waves in glass and plastic -
Design and investigation of waveguides -
Fiber ball lenses

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hans Josef Brückner

Intense Laser Pulses

 Ultrashort Pulses - XUV & X-Rays - Micro Technology 

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Ulrich Teubner

Laser Development

Solid-state lasers, Resonator design, Short pulse generation, Beam guidance, Laser safety

Prof. Dr. rer. nat Bert Struve

Lasers in Medicine, Microscopy and Analytics

OCT Microscopy - LIBS - Medicine project - New analytics - Tissue removal - cancer - ...

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Walter Neu

Optical Metrology

Die optimale Ungenauigkeit liegt im Auge des Betrachters.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Philipp Huke

Engineering Physics

The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer offer an international bachelor's programme in Engineering Physics in order to fill the gap between traditional physics and engineering. Since 1998, students in this programme have acquired a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of mathematics and the natural sciences in combination with application oriented engineering, including the skills needed to further develop modern technologies. In laboratory projects, teams work through real world assignments. Many students complete their final project in a technology oriented business or an external research institute.  

The students can specialize in one of three fields of Research to gain a high proficiency. You can find further information by browsing our website.



Sailing Intelligent Micro Drifter Swarms 

Small Lagrangian drifters are suited for investigating the temporal and spatial clustering and dispersion of water masses and particles at fronts and submesoscale filaments, which have previously been detected by satellite imagery. However, if such observations are to be repeated, the drifters have to be collected manually and deployed once more in a similar manner. 

To overcome this limitation, an interdisciplinary approach is required that utilizes digitalization, automation, and artificial intelligence. The Project aims to address this issue by designing novel, intelligent, and small drifters that behave as a swarm by communicating with each otherd.

The drifters will be equipped with sensors for measuring pollutants, and relevant organic substances. Positioning of the drifters will be identified with high temporal and spatial resolution. The set-up of the drifters will also allow them to operate autonomously for up to several months, thus enabling them to detect and observe the spreading of pollutants.

Shock Waves at Microscale Projects

Although physics of shock waves and its applications is well investigated in the macroscopic regime (by means of macroscopic: shock tubes with a diameter larger than 1 mm up to much more than 1 m) this has not been true for the micro regime (tubes with a diameter below 1 mm down to 10 micron or less) until quite recently. Only a few years ago, first experiments with shock waves on micro scale led to the advent of a new field “Shock Waves At Microscales“. It has become clear that the theory that is applied for the macro regime, is not or only partly suitable for the micro regime. However, albeit the large interest in the community, performing experiments in that regime is rather difficult and thus the Intense Light Physics Group (ILP) of ILO in Emden is the only group world wide which is able to generate such micro shock waves in the smallest tubes directly. Within a project funded by the German Research Council (DFG; actual and previous funding), the ILP group carries out fundamental research in that new field. The acquired results will built an important physical fundament for applications in micro fluidics and nano technology and there will be applications in medical physics as well. 


This project aims at developing and building time diagnostics for the free-electron laser (FEL) FLASH, which is located at the DESY Campus in Hamburg. 
Since 2005, ultra-short, intense XUV pulses have been generated at the world’s first FEL in the extreme ultraviolet (XUV) range. These can be used, for example, to „film“ chemical or biological reactions as well as extremely fast crystal structure changes or phase transitions on the femtosecond scale (10^-15 seconds). Even changes in the arrangement of individual atoms can be resolved spatially and temporally.
The research group, which will work on the development of the so-called XUV-PUMA (pulse duration measuring apparatus for the extremely short XUV flashes). In addition basic research is also part of the project. This includes, for example, research into ultrafast ionisation and especially the relevant transport effects (e.g. electron diffusion). Another component is the investigation of the ultrafast evolution of the dielectric function during the interaction of FEL radiation with matter. In particular, these investigations will contribute to a deeper understanding of the interaction, especially the dynamics on the femtosecond time scale.
This Project has been funded by the BMBF #05K16ME1

The Physics School “Applied Photonics” 2021

The School covers advancing photonics research topics and driving applications of a key enabling technology in future technological innovation. A hands-on workshop in optical design software, comprehensive overviews of state-of-the-art scientific and industrial topics as active participation phases provide an ideal forum for advanced Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. students to deepen their knowledge and foster interdisciplinary aspects. Participants are encouraged to present and discuss their research work in poster sessions throughout the school.

ePIcenter Project

Impact of new technologies and trade routes
The ePIcenter project is a large consortium of 36 partners representing leading ports, forwarders, cargo owners, logistics providers, knowledge institutes and technology firms. The partners will join forces to provide hands on solutions that turn global supply chain challenges caused by increasing length, complexity and vulnerability into opportunities.

International Vacuum Transport Research Seminar Summer Term 2021

The University of Oldenburg and the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer are offering advanced research Modules for Bachelor and Master students. Part of those research modules is the “Vacuum Transport Research Seminar”.
The EuroTube Foundation ( and the universities are working on a large variety of research topics in the field of vacuum transport (e.g. Hyperloop) and related areas: magnetic levitation, cooling systems, safety systems, structural mechanics, fluid dynamics, power electronics, communication & control systems, mechatronic & performance research, laboratory demonstrators, transport applications and feasibility case studies. Together with the student team Swissloop ( as the Host, the seminar “Vacuum Transport Technologies” will be held online with presentations from student research projects, as well as talks by industry experts.

„Only a fool would leave the enjoyment of rainbows to the opticians. Or give the science of optics the last word on the matter.“

Edward Abbey